An 80m2 extension to an early sixties villa. The client required bedrooms, a bathroom and a breakfast bar for their two children and work / storage areas.

The existing single storey house was built on a restricted corner site with a detached double garage. By adopting the existing garage as storage and workroom the overall size of the extension was reduced considerably. The new accommodation was then located over the garage connected to the existing house via a new entrance hall. Above the hall a sun terrace serves the kitchenette of the children's wing.

The external fabric and form of the extension mimics that of the original house and endeavours to reduce the impact of modifications made during the eighties. By introducing a second storey the corner location is reinforced, a quality enhanced by the scale and proportion of the fenestration. The new landscape works for the entrance and car parking areas use more primal material; hewn basalt, earthy paviors, iroko and granite setts. The same setts, sawn in slices, are used in the new entrance hall.

Above the main entrance is an artwork by Lilja Pálmadóttir commissioned by the client.

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